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Forum: Europe 1 Hour Ago
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Posted By Firn
The article by Silvia Merler is well-written and...

The article by Silvia Merler is well-written and most importantly contains a number of neat graphics. :wry:

I think it is important to put the points raised into the wider economic context:

1....
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 3 Days Ago
Replies: 85
Views: 16,445
Posted By Firn
The Human Face of War (Birmingham War Studies)...

The Human Face of War (Birmingham War Studies) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Human-Face-War-Birmingham-Studies-ebook/dp/B007CWOYMO/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=) by Jim Storr. For me so far...
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
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Posted By Firn
After my link to that fine paper about the...

After my link to that fine paper about the durability of networked authoritarianism around Putin the NYT has an excellent piece of reporting about how a private bank fuels the fortunes of his inner...
Forum: Trigger Puller 1 Week Ago
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Views: 55,505
Posted By Firn
Having read and experienced quite a bit of...

Having read and experienced quite a bit of electric mobility and battery technology I have a couple of question regarding the problem of energy consumptions. As jcustis has put it:




1) From...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 1,044
Posted By Firn
I was pretty impressed by the Gordon Brown's...

I was pretty impressed by the Gordon Brown's speech at Maryhill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J39bBV7CBJk). A very powerful rallying cry with mostly very sound arguments. So after he did more then...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
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Views: 16,339
Posted By Firn
In short so far it seems that the Kremlin is...

In short so far it seems that the Kremlin is protecting it's budget while letting the economy suffer. We discussed the origins of that logic before.

I think the Swedish paper is pretty good and...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
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Views: 16,339
Posted By Firn
As some here expected Russia is facing a tough...

As some here expected Russia is facing a tough budget (http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/russia-approves-tough-budget-as-growth-restricted-by-western-sanctions/507362.html):



It...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 306
Views: 16,339
Posted By Firn
The Russian Economy: Can Growth be Restored...

The Russian Economy: Can Growth be Restored within the Economic System? (http://www.foi.se/Documents/foir3876.pdf) by Susanne Oxenstierna, hosted on the FOI of Sweden is well worth a read. Roughly...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
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Views: 21,422
Posted By Firn
There certainly seems to be a rather high...

There certainly seems to be a rather high percentage of those Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine are from the VDV which is hardly a surprise considering it's status and use in recent conflicts. It is...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 1,044
Posted By Firn
Things change over time which is a bit of a...

Things change over time which is a bit of a truism. While it seems that the No will prevail it is rather useful to look at the Velvet Divorce...
Forum: Middle East 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 130
Views: 26,338
Posted By Firn
Israel’s Unit 8200 refuseniks: ‘you can’t run...

Israel’s Unit 8200 refuseniks: ‘you can’t run from responsibility’ (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/12/israel-unit-8200-refuseniks-transcript-interview)



....



It matches some...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 306
Views: 16,339
Posted By Firn
Russia restricting Austria's gas supplies...

Russia restricting Austria's gas supplies (http://www.thelocal.at/20140911/russia-restricting-austrias-gas-supplies)

I have made a quick search if other European countries suffered also a drop in...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 306
Views: 16,339
Posted By Firn
Russia reduces gas exports to Poland...

Russia reduces gas exports to Poland (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29154335)



It looks like a test, which obvioulsy gets denied to see the initial Polish, Ukrainian and European...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 1,044
Posted By Firn
Such tendencies might have been present in quite...

Such tendencies might have been present in quite a few of fateful big decisions in nations and other entities with both good and bad outcomes in the longer term. Frankly I have little to no idea...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 4,049
Posted By Firn
The rapid technological progress and world-wide...

The rapid technological progress and world-wide spread in some areas as well as vast economies of scales make a lot of interesting adaptions possible. It is pretty much impossible to keep on top of...
Forum: Europe 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 1,044
Posted By Firn
Scottish independence: Cameron, Clegg and...

Scottish independence: Cameron, Clegg and Miliband make Scotland 'No' vote plea (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-29136699)

It is quite possible the great recession is having...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 4,663
Posted By Firn
Indeed it is very important to state the obvious,...

Indeed it is very important to state the obvious, especially if for some it might not be so obvious. :wry:

It is possible to speculate that a Crimean scenario might have worked also across parts...
Forum: Europe 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 306
Views: 16,339
Posted By Firn
I would say that this 1% is still peanuts. Would...

I would say that this 1% is still peanuts. Would be nice ones however for those with an innovative? company, ideally with some links into the state apperat.:wry:

Personally I think it is a bad...
Forum: Europe 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 306
Views: 16,339
Posted By Firn
After a bit of reading is quite clear that: ...

After a bit of reading is quite clear that:

a) The Russian funds in question have a (very) low percentage in equity. Thus real performance suffered compared to the international benchmarks

b)...
Forum: Europe 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 765
Views: 21,422
Posted By Firn
Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels sign ceasefire deal...

Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels sign ceasefire deal (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29082574)

According to the BBC:



Now nobody knows of course how long this ceasefire will last and the...
Forum: Europe 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 306
Views: 16,339
Posted By Firn
Russian Oil Giant Rosneft to Shed a Quarter of...

Russian Oil Giant Rosneft to Shed a Quarter of Staff, Report Says (http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/rosneft-to-shed-a-quarter-of-staff-report-says/506426.html)

The Moscow Times Sep....
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 4,663
Posted By Firn
To make my last point clearer: That Putin had to...

To make my last point clearer: That Putin had to use a considerable amount of regular troops to avoid the defeat of shadow force does not mean that those 'violent hybrid games' had no value in the...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 1,862
Posted By Firn
To sum it up for now: Technological advances...

To sum it up for now:

Technological advances could make bicycles in new forms attractive for some armed forces for some niches in some conflicts - or not.
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 5
Views: 4,663
Posted By Firn
Still if options A or B don't work against a...

Still if options A or B don't work against a forceful enough 'conventional' offensive that massed armor by battalions with plenty of indirect heavy fire support seems to get still used.
...
Forum: Europe 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 765
Views: 21,422
Posted By Firn
I hope that such an agreement takes place quickly...

I hope that such an agreement takes place quickly although I'm doubtful to say the least. So far Putin has often 'de-escalated' - and escalated in words only to push hard in a single direction when...
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